A strong and diverse people make up the work force of Rockdale and they pride themselves on a passionate work ethic. That pride shows in the towns businesses and bustling local economy.
Alcoas Rockdale Operations, the worlds largest aluminum smelter, is the backbone of the local economy. The plant employs 1,400 people and pumps an annual payroll of $90 million into the area economy. Alcoa has won numerous awards for its mining operations and for the reclamation of previously mined land.
The TXU Power Plant, HEB Pantry Foods, Brookshire Brothers grocery stores, Wal-Mart, Rockdale Independent School District, Valhalla Farms, Inc., and the Roger Hashem Juvenile Justice Center also employ large numbers of Rockdalians.
Agriculture is still a vibrant part of Rockdales economy, as witnessed by the corn, cotton and sorghum crops that surround the city. Farming and ranching in Milam County produced well over $20 million in revenue in 1999. Beautiful ranches, some owned for over 100 years by local families, produce top quality cattle and crops. An abundant water supply, fed by the Carrizo-Wilcox aquifer, contributes to the Rockdale areas strong agriculture economy.
Located at the intersection of US Highways 77 and 79, Rockdale is the perfect point for distribution of goods and services. The city is located equidistant-about an hour-from Waco, Bryan/College Station and the high-tech center of Austin. It is located within two and one-half hours from Houston, San Antonio and Dallas/Fort Worth. The Union Pacific Railroad also runs east and west through town.
For businesses looking to locate here, a few downtown sites remain. But also available for development is a 150-plus acre site owned by the Chamber of Commerce, located along a frontage road and fully accessible to the city services of water, sewer, and electricity.
Nearby educational facilities allow Rockdalians to continue their education and improve their business skills. Recent infrastructure improvements bode well for the town, from utility relocation to highway upgrades. The towns low tax rate compared to area municipalities is also inviting to new business.
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